Driver knocks down utility pole, taken to hospital

wreck on MLK

A driver of a 2005 black Toyota Corolla crashed into a metal utility pole separating it from its base near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Oakland in Beaumont around 11 a.m. Friday morning, Sept. 6. According to Sgt. Robert Flores of the Beaumont Police Department, the man was headed northbound on MLK, veered across the southbound lane and struck the pole, knocking it down. The man's vehicle kept going despite striking the utility pole hitting a smaller, second utility pole, which brought the vehicle to a halt headed the wrong direction on the left side of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Beaumont Fire Department firefighters and Beaumont Police responded to the scene and removed a black male from the vehicle, placed him on a gurney and loaded him into an ambulance to be taken to the hospital.

"It was a one-car crash. It did knock down a utility pole and a traffic sign. We have no reports of injuries," Flores said. "He was alert and conscious when he was on the scene. He was transported to St. Elizabeth with minor injuries, and right now, we don't know what caused the crash."

Beaumont Fire Department Chief Brad Pennisson said the driver was not trapped in the vehicle and initially refused medical treatment, but was talked into going to the hospital.

Police did not release the name of the driver, but the vehicle is registered to Mary Wagner of Beaumont.